K supercomputer maintains #1 spot in Graph500 ranking

2016/07/20 News


The K supercomputer has once again placed 1st in the Graph500 supercomputer rating for June 2016. The Graph 500 list is released twice a year, and the K supercomputer has managed to stay on top of the ranking three consecutive times since July 2015. This is in large part due to the efforts of Mr. Suzumura Toyotaro, who has worked to improve the efficiency of the K supercomputer.


The K supercomputer was created and is maintained by the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science, and serves as the centerpiece of the Port Island Biomedical Cluster located in the City of Kobe. As part of the Biomedical Cluster, K sees use in the creation and research of new pharmaceuticals.


celebratory receptionThe Kobe International Club and Hyogo Kenjinkai hosted a celebratory reception in New York on July 8th, 2016 in Mr. Suzumura Toyotaro’s honor. There the President of the Kobe International Club, Mr. Hitomi Fujisaki praised Mr. Suzumura Toyotaro for all of his hard work in raising the efficiency of the K supercomputer.




2016年6月、京スーパーコンピューターがGraph500 での世界第1位を3期連続達成。Graph500は毎年2回開催され、京を活用して、計算機能のより高速なスーパーコンピューターを凌ぎました。この成果は、理化学研究所の許可を得て、京の演算機能の最適化に取り組んできた鈴村豊太郎さんの功績です。






Suma Yacht Club visits Seattle Yacht Club

2016/05/09 News


The Suma Yacht Club visited the Seattle Yacht Club in early May of 2016.

Both Clubs have participated in a large scale exchange program every 3 years since taking part in a Sister Yacht Club agreement in 1980.


This year there was fierce competition for the 13th Takarabune Regatta Race, along with activities such as watching a Mariners game, in order to build a deeper relationship between the two clubs. The members of the Suma Yacht Club were able to enjoy the surprisingly warm and sunny weather seen in Seattle recently.

Five representatives from the Suma Yacht Club were able to visit Seattle deputy mayor Hyeok Kim, and present her with a letter to Mayor Murray from Kobe City Mayor Hisamoto.







KTIO attends 2016 Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit

2016/04/20 News

2016-04-14 13.21.16Kobe Trade Information Office was able to observe the 2016 Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit (A&DSS) for 2016, held at the Seattle Convention Center on April 14th and 15th. There were approximately 450 companies in attendance this year, from countries such as the United States, France, Italy, Canada, and Japan, to name a few. The event is geared towards B to B meetings between various suppliers, and we were able to talk to several companies that attended.
In addition to meeting some of the suppliers, we were also able to attend some very interesting workshops with various presenters that are involved in the field, such as law firms, consultants, and government officials.

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Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit(A&DSS)参加
B to Bに特化した航空宇宙防衛企業向けのコンベンションA&DSSに参加しました。展示の要素はなく、各ブースで非常に静かな雰囲気の中で粛々と商談を進めています。事前に参加者の提出したプロフィールを調べ、商談の時間を決めます。商談時間は各25分間。当オフィスは、視察を目的とした行政関係機関として、入場を認めていただきましたが、先方からアポイントを4件いただきお話を伺うこともできました。

期間: 2016年4月14日(木)、15日(金)
場所: シアトル コンベンションセンター 4階

12th Annual Seattle – Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition

2016/03/30 News

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The 12th Annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist Audition was held on March 28th, 2016 at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.

There were 4 finalists in the High School Vocalist section, and 6 finalists in the Adult Vocalist section. Kirstina Buno claimed victory in the High School Vocalist section with her beautiful singing voice, and Adult Vocalist section winner LaVon Haridison amazed the audience with her performance. The two winners will be performing as guests in the Kobe Jazz Vocal Queen Contest held in Shinkaichi, Kobe on May 7th.

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The Jazz Vocalist Audition also hosted several past winners, and we were able to listen in on their jam session as well as listen to their experiences in Kobe.


We would like to thank the new President of the Seattle Kobe Sister City Association, Benjamin Erickson, as well as previous President Karin Zaugg. They were a great help in the management and planning of this event, and we would not have been able to host this event without their help.

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The event was preceded by welcome remarks from Consul Ryutaro Konishi, from the Consulate General of Japan, as well as the Kobe Trade Information Office Director Tetsuya Sometani. The KTIO Director was also able to read a letter from Kobe Mayor Kizo Hisamoto, celebrating the event and the ties between Seattle and Kobe.


3月28日 Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley で第12回女性ジャズボーカリスト オーディション開催。


高校生の部は、爽やかな歌声で場内を魅了したKristina Bunoさん

大人の部は、歌のうまさに加えて、情感豊かなステージパフォーマンスで、終了後も、会場をしばらくどよめかせたLaVon Haridisonさんが優勝。5月7日の神戸・新開地で行われる神戸ジャズボーカルクイーンコンテストでゲスト出場します。


この大会の運営サポートしていただいているSeattle Kobe Sister City Associationの新会長Benjamin Ericksonさんと前会長のKarin Zauggさんが見事な掛け合いでKobeを盛り上げていただきました。感謝!

冒頭では、シアトル総領事館小西領事に続いて、神戸シアトルビジネスオフィス ディレクター染谷より、ご挨拶と、久元喜造神戸市長からのメッセージを代読しました。

KTIO offices move to Suite 4310

2016/01/22 News

We have moved! Due to our building undergoing some reorganization, the KTIO/HBCC offices have moved from the 23rd floor to Suite 4310 on the 43rd floor in the Safeco Plaza building. We now have a great view of Mt. Rainier and Safeco field, so please drop by if you get a chance.
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